Isn’t it interesting that we have more research than we’ve ever had, on the brain and on effective approaches to therapy… and yet fewer people are coming to therapy?

Therapists used to be among the most fulfilled professionals, but you may have noticed when you talk with colleagues these days (as we have) — they aren’t finding their work as rewarding as in the past. And perhaps you feel this way too.

Yet we know therapy is important and it works. We know that it’s powerful. We know we can make a difference for our clients.

But something’s missing.

And we’ve uncovered it in our work. The answer to what’s missing in psychotherapy today is profound but simpler than you might think.

With all the research and knowledge, we’ve bleached out some essential ingredients. When you look at the most gifted therapists, they all infuse their work with these elements because they know therapy isn’t successful without them.

We’ve discovered that these components are the missing pieces — reasons why therapists are getting bored and growing disappointed, and reasons why people who need us are less interested in trying therapy (or coming back again).

There’s nothing dull about the human mind.
Nothing mundane about mental health.

But we’ve been giving the textbooks too much credit, or… we’re not reading deeply enough between the lines — in the research and in our work — to remember to make it real.

Learn and practice the three essential elements that have taken the back seat to manualized implementation of techniques.

No matter what therapeutic model you use, without these elements, therapy is ineffective. They are what make your work real.

It doesn’t matter what certifications you have, these fundamentals are essential to your work.

We want to talk about what’s missing from our field, but we also want to talk about what’s missing for you individually. When you see and know these missing pieces, you have vital information about enlivening your sessions and becoming more effective with your clients.

We want to give you a key to enjoying your work, thriving as a therapist, and being more effective with clients.

And don’t worry: Because of who we are as art therapists, we aren’t going to just give you a whole bunch of facts and information. When you come to this free make-inar, you can expect that we are going to invite you into a creative learning process.  One that will guide you to see what’s missing for you and your clients.  One that will invite you to use your hands to discover how to Make Psychotherapy Real Again.

Psst!  We will also be letting you know more about Create Fest 2017—The Online Creativity Festival for Therapists.  It’s another great continuing education opportunity to dive deeper into your creativity and making your work real for clients.

Join Us! 

April 7, 2017

11am-12:30pm Pacific / 2pm – 3:30pm Eastern

**This webinar will be recorded and a recording will be sent out! Be sure to register to get the recording!**



Lisa Mitchell MFT, ATR, is the author Creativity as Co-Therapist: The Practitioner’s Guide to the Art of Psychotherapy.  As an art therapist, she has specialized in helping teens and adults use art and creative expression to overcome anxiety, depression, and trauma for over 20 years. Her online and in-person workshops are popular for the in-depth, hands-on creative experiences she facilitates to help therapists to find unique ways of approaching the therapeutic process as a creative one. Lisa partners with her own creativity through writing, knitting, and painting. Her blog features reflections on all of her creative endeavors (including therapy) at


Gretchen Miller MA, ATR-BC, ACTP is the author of forthcoming book, The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media: Connection, Community, and Creativity (Routledge). She is a Cleveland based Registered Board Certified Art Therapist, Certified Trauma Practitioner, and an Adjunct Professor at Ursuline College’s Counseling and Art Therapy Program. Clinically she works with at-risk children, teens, and adults. She is also a mover and shaker when it comes to organizing art exchanges and creative collaborations that are worldwide.  Her online art making community, 6 Degrees of Creativity, unites concepts of social networking, connecting, collaboration, and creativity into an engaged global community of artists spreading creative goodness. She also serves as Community Organizer for the Art Therapy Alliance, a great resource embracing social media to promote art therapy and the work of art therapists. You can learn more about Gretchen’s work at